Sleepers


2h 20m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Church of the Holy Angels and its grammar school were the center of Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s--a place of refuge for many neighborhood kids from troubled homes. Father Bobby had his favorites--among them were Lorenzo and his pals, Michael, John, and Tommy. Because their blue-collar, hardworking parents were more often fighting than not, the four boys formed a kind of family of their own. Then, one boring summer day, a street prank gone dangerously awry resulted in the quartet being sent to the Wilkinson Home for Boys in upstate New York where they were tortured, abused and raped under the leadership of a sadistic guard named Sean Nokes. A decade and a half later, nothing can erase their painful memories, but the lessons of Hell's Kitchen allow them to even the score of the terrible hand that Fate had dealt them. In their shocking retaliation, they are daringly aided by Father Bobby and an aging, shadowy mob figure, both of whom have known the four boys since their childhoods.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Crime
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Newtown, Connecticut, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m

Synopsis

Church of the Holy Angels and its grammar school were the center of Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s--a place of refuge for many neighborhood kids from troubled homes. Father Bobby had his favorites--among them were Lorenzo and his pals, Michael, John, and Tommy. Because their blue-collar, hardworking parents were more often fighting than not, the four boys formed a kind of family of their own. Then, one boring summer day, a street prank gone dangerously awry resulted in the quartet being sent to the Wilkinson Home for Boys in upstate New York where they were tortured, abused and raped under the leadership of a sadistic guard named Sean Nokes. A decade and a half later, nothing can erase their painful memories, but the lessons of Hell's Kitchen allow them to even the score of the terrible hand that Fate had dealt them. In their shocking retaliation, they are daringly aided by Father Bobby and an aging, shadowy mob figure, both of whom have known the four boys since their childhoods.

Crew

Daniel J Adkins

Set Costumer

Lori Arnold

Other

Henry Avelin

Transportation Co-Captain

Joseph Badalucco

On-Set Dresser

Joseph Badalucco

Stunts

Toni Baffo

Assistant

Scott Balcerek

Editor

Florian Ballhaus

Camera Operator

Michael Ballhaus

Director Of Photography

James Bartolomeo

Camera Trainee

Richard Beggs

Sound Design

Irving Berlin

Song

Mark Bero

Special Effects Assistant

Jill Bianchini

Assistant

Jean Black

Makeup

John Bonnin

Other

Leslie T Bono

Other

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Henry Boyle

Driver

Noel Brevick

Visual Effects

Nicholas Brodszky

Song

Brian Brown

Craft Service

Lindakay Brown

Assistant Sound Editor

Lashan A Browning

Assistant

Cristina Buckley

Production Assistant

Nicole Bugna-doyle

Sound Design

Wilfred Caban

Special Effects Foreman

Sammy Cahn

Song

Lorraine Calvert

Costumes

Carmen Campolo

Special Effects Assistant

John Canterella

On-Set Dresser

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Book As Source Material

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Coproducer

Cynthia Doyle Carriere

Production Assistant

Verne Caruso

Hair Stylist

Robin Chambers

Assistant

Claudette Charles

Production Assistant

Eric Chauvin

Visual Effects

Barbara Clark

Construction Coordinator

Ed Cobb

Song

Alex Cohn

Other

Bob Colletti

Stunts

Edward Coonan

Driver

Vicky Cosentino

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Bob Crewe

Song

Cristin Cricco

Production Assistant

Blair Daily

Associate Editor

Blair Daily

Post-Production Supervisor

Mark Daily

Assistant Editor

Kathy Dalton

Song Performer

Spencer Davis

Song

Doris Day

Song Performer

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Jerry Deblau

Gaffer

Richard Dehr

Song

Greg Dempsey

Song

Lou Digiaimo

Casting Associate

Deirdre Cook Donohue

Assistant Production Coordinator

Timothy Donohue

Production Assistant

Danny Downey

Stunts

Tomm Doyle

Carpenter

Lamont Dozier

Song

Dean Drabin

Adr Mixer

Ronald Dennis Drogan

Driver

Lisa Drostova

Rotoscope Animator

William Durnin

On-Set Dresser

Tony Eckert

Foley Mixer

Scott Farley

Hair

William Farley

Hair

John Featherstone

Driver

James C. Feng

Assistant Art Director

Ralph Ferrara

Stunts

Dan Finn

Key Grip

Michael Finnerty

Grip

Michael Finnerty

Stunts

Ken Fischer

Sound Effects Editor

Mike Fish

Assistant Art Director

Maurice Fitzgerald

Driver

Brian Fitzsimons

Best Boy Grip

Kevin Flynn

Transportation Co-Captain

John R Ford

Props Assistant

Suzanne Fox

Adr Editor

Dennis Freeborn

On-Set Dresser

Kate O Fujimoto

Production Assistant

Carl Fullerton

Makeup

Tim Gallin

Stunts

Timothy Galvin

Art Director

Dennis Gamiello

Key Grip

George Garrett

Song

William K. Gaskins

Driver

Robert Gaudio

Song

Terry Gilkyson

Song

Peter Girolami

Other

Peter Giuliano

Executive Producer

Ben Gold

Assistant Sound Editor

Brett Goldstein

Casting Associate

Steve Golin

Producer

Joseph A Gorrin

Camera Assistant

Susan Goulder

Assistant Set Decorator

Electra Gray

Other

Marco Greco

Casting Associate

Dennis Green

Video

Gloria Gresham

Costume Designer

Robert Griffon

Property Master

Gary Grill

Other

J R Grubbs

Assistant Sound Editor

Mara Hade

Production Accountant

Brian Hamill

Photography

Ronald Haney

Production Assistant

Rusty Hanson

Stunts

Marlus C Harding

Production Assistant

Daniel J Harvey

Consultant

Joel Hatch

Production Supervisor

Stephen Hauser

Assistant

Brent Haywood

Foreman

Amy Herman

Unit Manager Assistant

Ilona Herman

Hair

Don J Hewitt

Stunts

Jery Hewitt

Stunt Coordinator

Lora Hirschberg

Rerecording

Sam Hoffman

Assistant Director

Ellen Hofstadter-shapiro

Accountant

Brian Holland

Song

Edward Holland

Song

Joel Holland

Other

Tim Holland

Sound Mixer

Larrry Huston

Steadicam Operator

Richard Hymns

Adr Editor

Kalina Ivanov

Storyboard Artist

Richard C Johnson

Other

John R Johnston

Foreman

Mark Kamine

Other

Danielle Katz

Production Assistant

Joan Kauffman

Costume Department

Buddy Kaye

Song

Kevin Keefe

Transportation Captain

Kristopher Keefe

Driver

Paul Kingham

Other

Steve Kirshoff

Special Effects Coordinator

Glenn Kiser

Post-Production

Nancy Kolomitz

Production Assistant

Fred Kraemer

Production Assistant

Mary Ann Lamb

Other

Wallace G Lane

Costumes

Adam Leichtman

Production Assistant

Donovan Leitch

Song

Donovan Leitch

Song Performer

Christine Leiter

Makeup

Anthony S Lenzo

Camera Operator

Henry P Leto

Hair Stylist

Barry Levinson

Screenplay

Barry Levinson

Producer

Stu Linder

Editor

Joseph Lombardi

Accountant

Love

Song Performer

Michael Love

Song

Edward W Lowry

Dolly Grip

John B Lowry

Key Rigging Grip

Martin Lowry

Dolly Grip

Nicholas Lundy

Assistant Art Director

John F Lyons

Assistant Editor

Bryan Maclean

Song

Alan Mader

Other

Kevin V Madigan

Other

Tod A Maitland

Sound Mixer

Bobby Mancuso

Camera Assistant

David Brian Martin

Stunts

Dean Martin

Song Performer

Allan Mason

Song

Charles E Mccarry

Assistant Art Director

Larry Mcconkey

Steadicam Operator

James Mccullagh

Other

Mary Mccusker

Advisor

Charles Mcdonald

Titles

John B Mcdonnell

Props Assistant

Lucas Mcdonough

Production Assistant

Kevin Mckenna

Video Assist/Playback

Susan Mclean

Assistant Engineer

Mark Melendez

Other

Frank 'pepe' Merel

Foley Recordist

Susan Mieras

Assistant

Frank Miller

Song

Jamie Miller

Production Assistant

Kiersten Pilar Miller

Production Assistant

Louis Miller

Other

Tim Monich

Dialect Coach

Amanda K Montgomery

Visual Effects

John Murchison

Production Secretary

Shawn Murphy

Music

Rocco Musacchia

Other

Kenneth D Nelson

Construction Coordinator

John Neufeld

Original Music

Kenny Nolan

Song

Peter Norman

Camera Operator

Tim Norman

Camera Assistant

Christine Norton

Assistant

Heather Norton

Camera Assistant

D'arcy O'connor

Production Assistant

T. J. O'mara

Boom Operator

David Orr

Color Timer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Crime
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Newtown, Connecticut, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m

Award Nominations

Best Score (Dramatic Picture)

1996

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States August 28, 1996

Released in United States Fall October 18, 1996

Released in United States on Video April 1, 1997

Shown at Venice Film Festival (Opening Night) August 28, 1996 (out of competition).

Author Lorenzo Carcaterra's book is autobiographical; he is one of the four young men depicted in the story.

Began shooting August 29, 1995.

Completed shooting November 30, 1995.

"Sleepers" was published by Ballantine Books July 6, 1995.

Released in United States on Video April 1, 1997

Released in United States August 28, 1996 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (Opening Night) August 28, 1996 (out of competition).)

Released in United States Fall October 18, 1996